Sue Valentine

Sue Valentine, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, has worked as a journalist in print and radio in South Africa since the late 1980s, including at The Star newspaper in Johannesburg and as the executive producer of a national daily current affairs radio show on the SABC, South Africa's public broadcaster.

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'They wanted me to say I was wrong': Freed Ethiopian journalist on why 1,500 days in jail failed to silence her

January 7, 2016 3:24 PM ET

Reeyot Alemu, an Ethiopian journalist who worked for the independent weekly Feteh, spent almost 1,500 days in prison after being arrested in June 2011 and charged with terrorism in 2012. She was released unexpectedly in July....

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Mission Journal: Will Obama's visit boost hopes for press freedom in Kenya?

July 23, 2015 6:15 PM ET

President Barack Obama is expected to address a range of topics when he arrives in Kenya tomorrow. The Kenyan government says it plans to discuss security and trade, while opposition parties and civil society want good governance and human rights added to the agenda, according to news reports. We...

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Hopes of independent press in Rwanda fade as head of media body flees

July 8, 2015 10:40 AM ET

Rwanda's progress towards a more liberal media environment has been short-lived. In May Fred Muvunyi, the head of the Rwanda Media Commission, fled the country for fear of being detained or attacked, and the country's telecommunications regulator suspended the operation agreement for the BBC's Great Lakes radio service indefinitely....

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Acclaimed journalist Marques de Morais on trial for defamation in Angola

March 23, 2015 6:15 PM ET

On Tuesday, less than a week after receiving an award for his journalism from the London-based freedom of expression group Index on Censorship, veteran journalist Rafael Marques de Morais will stand trial in Angola on charges of criminal defamation....

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South African police repeatedly force journalists to delete photos

March 20, 2015 5:19 PM ET

South Africa is synonymous with crime in the eyes of many--as evidenced by the recent mugging of a TV crew live on camera--but for the press, a more sinister threat to freedom lies in the growing number of cases where it is the police, in flagrant denial of their...

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Mission Journal: In Zambia, Sata never fulfilled promise of greater transparency

October 29, 2014 3:47 PM ET

"We'll see for ourselves on Friday," was a refrain on the lips of most journalists I met in Lusaka in mid-September, as they speculated on the health of President Michael Sata ahead of their country's opening of parliament, where the leader was due to speak....

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South Africa's new communications ministry causes concern

May 30, 2014 10:40 AM ET

Freedom of expression advocates in South Africa are concerned that the new Ministry of Communications, announced by President Jacob Zuma when he unveiled his cabinet on May 25, will compromise the independence of the public broadcaster and serve as a propaganda office....

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SABC betrays South Africa's young democracy

May 6, 2014 4:18 PM ET

This week, South Africans go to the polls for their fifth democratic elections since 1994, but despite constitutional guarantees of media freedom, the vast majority of South Africans who vote will do so informed only by the positive news and information carried by a public broadcaster widely criticized for...

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Africa's journalists honor jailed editor Woubshet Taye

October 15, 2013 11:58 AM ET

Journalists and media owners across Africa gave Ethiopian journalist Woubshet Taye a standing ovation in Cape Town on Saturday night at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2013, but he wasn't there to see it. Instead his wife and son accepted the Free Press Award on his behalf. Part...

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Zambia silences critics with lawsuits, Web blocking

August 23, 2013 1:35 PM ET

The charges leveled against a Zambian journalist suspected by authorities of being linked to the blocked news website Zambian Watchdog make for interesting reading....

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